Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del Fauno) is a 2006 Mexican dark fantasy film by Guillermo del Toro. It was one of the very first films of this genre that I had seen. And I was literally transported to another time and place while watching it.
The story is different from a usual fantasy story and though it is about a young girl, the movie itself is not for young audience. The loneliness that surrounds Ofelia is perhaps very much known to some of us. That feeling of being alone even in the midst of a crowd. And there is the threat of the bad in the form of her stepfather. She also has to be protective towards her frail mother and later her brother. The story weaves the pathos and pangs of a not so capricious child and the way she takes refuge in her own fantasy. The faun, who though intimidating, gives her the chance to come out from the darkness. The half goat and half tree faun symbolizes the respite we all want from the shackles of all that is mundane. And in the end though Ofelia dies; it is in her death that she lives out her destiny and gains freedom. Along with that she shows what true compassion and courage means. Her life, seemingly tragic, inspires us to stand up for what we believe, no matter what or who comes in our way.
A real treat of a movie for those who are dreamers like me…
- Pan’s Labyrinth (randomfilmmusings.wordpress.com)
- “Pan’s Labyrinth” Review (2006) (chinchillacritics.com)